Born in the West Midlands, Antonia had an obsession with drawing from an early age and was certain her future lay in making with her hands, preferably a messy process. Art school introduced many new materials but it was not until she started working at Lincoln Cathedral that her passion for stone really developed.
Antonia uses a direct carving method to keep the work alive and exciting. Working from her sketch book she gives life to the characters within, often using the natural surprises that a raw material like stone can provide.
After initially studying fine art sculpture, Antonia took the offer to train in stone conservation at Lincoln Cathedral. Subsequent to her work on their Romanesque frieze, she was recruited to work for a French company as a conservator. Mostly working on Notre Dame La Grande in Poitiers and other fine buildings, until the pull of creativity drew her back to England to set up her workshop creating bespoke sculpture.
Antonia has been in business for over twenty years making art for galleries and commissions, both public and private. The other side of her business is the repair of ancient stone sculpture with clients including New College, Oxford and the Victoria and Albert Museum and many parish churches around the country.
Antonia is a member of:
BA (Hons) Fine Art – Sheffield Polytechnic 1987-1990
MA Fine Art – Norwich School of Art 1999-2000
Traineeship (NJCBI) Sculpture Conservation – Lincoln Cathedral – 1990-1993
Employed by Groux at Notre dame La Grande – Poitiers – France – 1994-1995
Self-employed as an artist and stone conservator – 1995 – to present
2015 Shortlisted for national award – ‘ACE’ art in a religious context
2005 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship – Stone carving
2002 Arts Council ‘Artist Access’ Norwich School of Art